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Giant Giant Sand is the new expanded version of Howe Gelb’s Giant Sand for their forthcoming album “Tucson,” this 12-piece collective comprises of Thøger T. Lund, Peter Dombernowski, Anders Pederesen and Nikolaj Heyman (they’ve been a part of Giant Sand for the last 10 years) from Denmark, Lonna Kelley from Phoenix, Brian Lopez, Gabriel Sullivan and Jon Villa from Tucson, pedal steel player Maggie Bjorklund, violinists Asger Christensen and Iris Jakobsen as a string section from Denmark.
“Just when you thought Giant Sand couldn’t get any bigger, Howe Gelb has done just that by regrouping, expanding and magnifying his vision with the newest version of Giant Sand, calling it (appropriately enough) GIANT GIANT SAND. As a sort of homage, he’s named the album “Tucson” after the town he’s called home for forty years. This self-described country rock opera by one of music’s leading risk-takers, is set to be released on June 11th, 2012 on Fire Records.” (Fire Records)
In 2006, Howe Gelb embarked on a journey with a gospel choir with the result the astounding, critically acclaimed album ‘Sno’ Angel Like You’. This new chapter sees Howe embellish a troop of flamenco playing gypsies, including the virtuoso guitarist Raimundo Amador (collaborated with Bjork and BB King) and is mixed by the legendary John Parish (PJ Harvey).
Recorded atop a Cordoba roof with his ‘Band Of Gypsies’ in the Andalucía sun, ”Alegrias”, is an exceptional new work from Howe Gelb. Originally only available in Spain (2010), where the record enjoyed considerable success due in part to the wondrous contribution from Flamenco guitar virtuoso ‘Raimundo Amador’, Fire is pleased to be releasing the latest jewel in the considerable crown of Howe Gelb’s musical delights.
Melted Wires are:
Howe Gelb – piano, guitar, vocals
John Convertino (former Giant Sand and current Calexico) – drums, vibes
Thøger T. Lund (Giant Sand) – upright bass
Jacob Valenzuela (Calexico) – trumpet
Released 26 November 2010, available digitally on the bandcamp.
Recorded in Tucson, Arizona at Wavelab studio Nov./Dec. 2009 and mixed by Chris Shultz.
|Blurry Blue Mountain (Fire Record, 2010)|
“Between the crystal clear focus of your day to day and the luxury of sweet fuzzy sleep, we welcome you to the blurry blue mountain”. – Howe Gelb
Giant Sand – Fields of Green
The new full-length “Blurry Blue Mountain” by Howe Gelb‘s alt-country project, Giant Sand, is out now on Fire Records.
Produced by Howe Gelb and Kent Olsen,
Howe Gelb – Vocals, Guitar and Piano / Thoger T. Lund Homemade – upright Bass / Peter Dombernowsky – Drums / Anders Pedersen – Slide Guitar and Steel / Nikolaj Heyman – Guitar and Wurlitzer / Lonna Kelly – Vocals.
Howe Gelb at the FirePlace – Erosion
Howe Gelb performs ‘Erosion’ from Giant Sand’s ‘Blurry Blue Mountain’. Recorded at the FirePlace in October 2010.
In the year of 25th anniversary of “Valley Of Rain” – the debut album by Howe Gelb‘s alt-country project, Giant Sand - Fire Records will release their new full length “Blurry Blue Mountain” on October 25th, also re-issues of the band. ‘Chunk Of Coal’ is the new track from the album.
Arigato! Messieurs Lo-Vi
song from “Alegrías” (Eureka Records 2010) Video by Maria Mochnacz
“Following the hunch had lead me to here. more home then home. surrounded by the people who invented the guitar and playing it that way. here in cordoba for the past 3 years. up on a roof top in a converted pigeon coop, with the red record button pressed and dizzy from the joy.” – howe